Today, homeschooling consisted of 6 math problems, reading one paragraph, writing 2 sentences and a Bible verse, reciting the books of the Bible and the being and helping verbs. That’s it. It doesn’t sound like much, but it was enough for today. With three children at different ages, homeschooling can become overwhelming. My middle son has dyslexia, which throws another monkey in the pile. Those 6 math problems, took him 30 minutes to complete (three multiplication and three division). Recitation took almost an hour. Reading, a very small book, took 30 minutes. In between all of this, he did roughly 40 jumping jacks and bounced on the yoga ball for at least half and hour. Did I mention he has energy to burn??
My oldest son is very laid back when it comes to school work. It comes easily to him. He is also 2 grades ahead of my middle son, so of course, he had more work to do. He had the same recitation and books of the Bible, the same Bible verse, but different grammar, writing, and math. Even though he had a to more work to do, he was still finished before my middle son.
My preschooler worked on a few things on the computer, mainly counting. We will do some letter recognition later. For now, they are outside playing in the sunlight and sprinkles of rain. I know that doesn’t seem like the “right amount” of work for a school day. I’m sure any other non-homeschooling mom would think I’m crazy. But for us, it’s enough. My middle son is learning. He knows how to do multi-digit multiplication and long division, now. He knows how to check his own work and read the problem properly. My preschooler is learning at his own pace and doing great. My eldest is far exceeding his grade level requirements. This has nothing to do with me. It’s all about them. They want to learn, therefore they learn. Even though we teach and learn at a different pace than a normal school, they actually understand what they are doing and why they are doing it. I think that is the most important thing: Understanding.
My school may not look like yours, and yours may not look like mine. But as long as children are interested in what they do and have a feeling of pride when they accomplish their work, then they will grow up with knowledge and reasoning skills that most don’t have. They will go far because they want to and not because they have to.